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AMV auditor bets face-off in debate over constitutional duty

LAKASDIWA candidate Maria Allyssa Creencia set the context of the debate by asking ASSET bet Chico Rico Rivera an overview of the constitutional duty of auditors in the student council for the benefit of the accountancy student body.

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Accountancy Student Council (ASC) auditor bets debated on the constitutional duty of auditors Friday, April 1.

LAKASDIWA candidate Maria Allyssa Creencia set the context of the debate by asking ASSET bet Chico Rico Rivera an overview of the constitutional duty of auditors in the student council for the benefit of the accountancy student body.

Rivera said the constitutional duties consisted of reviewing whether auditors were performing their responsibilities and ensuring that ASC officers were complying with the laws and regulations.

“I-spearhead din ‘yung internal control system and ‘yung research and evaluations,” he added.

Following Rivera’s answer, Creencia asked if the former’s platform entitled “ASC Agapay” was already part of the auditor’s constitutional duty or whether it was a function of the research and evaluations committee.

“ASC Agapay” is Rivera’s plan of action which gives the student body a chance to evaluate and air their grievances regarding the student council’s projects and performances. 

Yes po, it’s a part po of the constitutional duty […] kasi gusto ko magkaroon ng solid na foundation, solid na process kung pano i-evaluate ‘yung officers na di lang hihingin ‘yung opinion ng ASC members rather hihingin ‘yung opinion ng student body dahil ‘yung student body nga ‘yung pagsisilbihin natin,” Rivera said.

Under Article 12 of the Accountancy Student Council Constitution, the auditor is responsible for spearheading the establishment of the ASC’s internal control system and performing duties necessary or incidental to the performance of their functions.

With regard to Creencia’s question on how he would audit financial reports, given that they were both first-year students and neither had auditing classes, Rivera answered that they would see if the receipts and financial reports were faithfully represented.

Rivera also said the UST Central Student Council already had the project called “Diamonds,” an annual forum headed by the CSC and the ASC, that aids treasurers and auditors on matters concerning financial information and stability. 

The central and local student council voting period will be held from April 4 to 8.

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CFAD secretarial bet plans to make internship platform univ wide

Monceda bared her platform called “Into the Real World: An Internship Recruitment Event and Career Talk” where art companies will be invited over to discuss their objectives and the qualities that they look for in interns.

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Running candidates were asked how they would collaborate with the CSC during the Miting de Avance last Sunday, April 3. Screengrab from the College of Fine Arts and Design Commission on Elections’ Facebook page. 

Instead of being implemented only in the College of Fine Arts and Design (CFAD), the internship platform could also be executed on a university-wide scale, the college secretarial aspirant said on Sunday, April 3.

Through a coordination with the Central Student Council (CSC), Samyela Chievle Co Monceda, who is running unopposed, said that she would recommend her internship project for university-wide execution.

“If we [are] going to be collaborating with the CSC, I believe I could involve my platform about hiring internships. Make it university wide instead na maging sa CFAD lang siya accessible,” Monceda said during the college’s miting de avance

Monceda bared her platform called “Into the Real World: An Internship Recruitment Event and Career Talk” where art companies will be invited over to discuss their objectives and the qualities that they look for in interns.

“Right after the talk, the students can reach out to them para if interested ‘yung student na mag-apply [as] an intern, ready na siya hindi ‘yung magreresearch pa online.”

Jerielle Louise Barrientos, running candidate for PRO, also emphasized university-wide projects, but recommends an exchange of ideas among student councils to highlight the University’s “different cultures and experiences.”

Meanwhile, aspirant treasurer Julian Gamalinda said he would prioritize the main concerns and needs of the student body.

“We must look at it from the student’s perspective, like what rules do we want to implement, university wide? Ano ba yung mga kailangan ng students ngayon? Ano ang mga pangagailangan nila? How can we implement this?” Gamalinda stated.

Presidential aspirant Kaleena Aaryanna Tongco and external vice presidential aspirant Roy Emmanuel Agang also emphasized on the concerns of the student body, saying that communication between the student councils is important to address such matters.

CFAD elections will be held from April 4 to 8.

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CRS candidates refocus to more student-friendly SC services

(UPDATED April 4, 1:30 PM) All CRS candidates pushed for refinement measures and development on student information dissemination, student entrepreneurship, and avenues for student concerns.

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(UPDATED April 4, 1:30 PM) College of Rehabilitation Science (CRS) bets discussed a student-centric approach on the existing systems in the CRS Miting de Avance 2022 on Friday, April 1.

Previously at seven, only four students had filed their certificates of candidacy. Independent candidates Audrey Marie A. Narcelles (President), Rikki Miguel B. Mariano (External Vice President), Tanya Poleen B. Macaraeg (Treasurer), and Enrique Angelo L. Aytona (Public Relations Officer) faced off in the event.

All CRS candidates pushed for refinement measures and development on student information dissemination, student entrepreneurship, and avenues for student concerns.

In the “Yes or No” segment of the program, only Narcelles agreed to the implementation of a “no fail” policy in the college during online classes.

Then-aspirants Alexa Francine L. Adoremos (Internal Vice President) and Nielsen Audrey H. Castillo (Auditor) withdrew from their posts due to personal reasons on March 19. 

Nicholai Marian E. Santander, who was previously running as Internal Vice President, was disqualified on March 29 for premature campaigning and forming a campaign team as well as campaigning outside the campaign hours prescribed by the CRS Commission on Elections.

Online elections will be held from April 4 to 8.

ERRATUM: An earlier version of the article stated that Nicholai Marian Santander was disqualified for premature campaigning on March 29. This was not the sole reason for their disqualification.

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ABSC candidates face-off over constitutional revisions

Most candidates agreed that the AB constitution needed amendments, but nuanced on when and how it would be done.

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ABSC (Artlets Student Council) candidates debated over constitutional reforms and the future of the council’s transition plans on face-to-face classes. 

Most candidates agreed that the AB constitution needed amendments, but nuanced on when and how it would be done.

Presidential aspirant Cyrille Coronado spoke about amending the bill of rights and giving students the right to reconsideration of their cases, stating it would protect student activists.

“Isa sa mga specific na gusto kong i-dagdag sa bill of rights is ‘yung pwede mag-appeal for reconsideration regarding the verdict ng kaso ng isang estudyante, ‘yung estudyante mismo kasi kailangan natin protektahan ung interest nila,” Coronado said.

VP aspirants Ierathel Tabuno and Timothy John Santiago both concurred on revising the constitution based on the needs of the student body. 

“As Artlet student leaders, we have the responsibility to protect and serve the best interests of the AB student community. Which is why if meron nga pong urgency from the students and to create necessary revisions to the AB constitution, we will not hesitate to do so again,” Santiago said. 

AB’s constitution was last revised in 2005, almost two decades ago.

Transitions to a new normal

Presidential aspirant Kim Dacanay from Dekada also agreed in spearheading constitutional reforms but focused on her platform for transitioning to face-to-face classes. 

Meanwhile, Coronado’s platform for face-to-face transition is on centralizing information dissemination. 

When asked if Dacanay’s plans for face-to-face transition included the resumption of membership fees for orgs, she said this would be on a case-to-case basis with the organization in question. 

“Hindi tayo pwedeng maging super black-and-white on that, obviously kapag nasa student council ka, automatic na may student membership—nasa tuition na natin ‘yon,Dacanay said.

As of writing, the Faculty of Arts and Letters is still in its planning stage for face-to-face classes, prioritizing courses where the learning competencies cannot be achieved via online means.

The student council voting period will last from April 4 to 8. 

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